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Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Review

You won’t find a more critic-proof movie this year than Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I’m including Episode 7 in that equation. While I’m pleased to report that it’s a solid piece of summer popcorn, that assessment doesn’t matter. Everyone on the planet will have seen it by Sunday, and most of them will be happy with the results. You …

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Ex Machina Movie Review

There’s a tendency to overpraise smart sci-fi, in part because its comparative rarity makes each new example something worth treasuring. Most of them adhere to certain well-worn tropes (artificial intelligence, for example, or time travel) and the simple act of approaching their chosen topic with devotion and respect can be enough to carry them. Even if they don’t push the …

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Unfriended Movie Review

Normally, when a horror movie opens two weeks before the biggest blockbuster of the year, you can smell the stink a mile away. Doubly so if it involves a dubious gimmick centered around some social trend that the kids are so into these days. Cheap, lurid cash grabs are standard-issue for the horror genre, and not even Universal – the …